For the fourth year in a row, artwork from Chautauqua County is receiving applause in the state capitol.
Pieces from Women Create, a local art group which supports women artists, were transported in January by Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, for display in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, and have been cause for conversation between both public officials and visitors.
"Chautauqua County is home to some great artists," Goodell said. "Women Create is an outstanding group of local women who have crafted some wonderful pieces of artwork."
Assembly members Andy Goodell, Barbara Clark, state Sen. Cathy Young, and Assemblyman Tom McKevit view paintings from local group Women Create. The art will be on display in the Legislative Office Building in Albany for the next several months.
Goodell, who shares his hallway in Albany with seven other legislators, said hundreds of visitors have seen the art, and that it creates an uplifting atmosphere for the Legislative Office Building.
"We have received innumerable compliments from visitors from across New York state," he said.
Goodell was approached in 2010 to view art produced by students from CASA, and further asked for permission to display the pieces in Albany.
The reaction was positive, sparking an annual tradition with other groups such as Aspire, the Resource Center and Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council.
"There is no doubt that this hallway has the best artwork in the entire Legislative Office Building," said state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. "I am proud that Women Create was willing to share their art with those who visit Albany."
Jennifer Schlick, creative director of Women Create, said she was excited when Goodell contacted her.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our women artists," Schlick said. "I've heard from so many of them who are just thrilled to be in this show."
Judith Whittaker of Jamestown sent two of her paintings with Goodell and said she was excited about the display.
"My sister lives in Albany, so she'll be making a special trip to the building to see my art," she said.
Other Women Create art has been submitted for a biennial exhibit at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown, which will be on display throughout March.
The biennial exhibit's opening reception will be on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.
A salon series will also take place at the gallery featuring guest speakers on Wednesday evenings throughout March from 7-9 p.m.